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River Chambers

SeventhRemote

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 265 This Week
  • 3,366 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2,680
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors

River's Actions

Industry

Human Activity as Renewable Energy

Read the article below.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 20 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 200 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

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One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Climate Change Skepticism

Visit the link below and read about a common misconception about climate change and Earth's cycles. Answer the reflection question.

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One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

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One-Time Action

Electricity

Intro to the Carbon Cycle

In Earth Science this year, we're going to be talking a lot about climate change and the carbon cycle. Take a minute to read the article/video linked below and answer the reflection question.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Stop over chemical reacting!!: Intro to the Carbon Cycle

Climate change is occurring because of a phenomenon that is also a very basic chemical reaction. When fossil fuels burn, carbon dioxide is produced. Usually, this reaction balances out as carbon dioxide is then used during photosynthesis. However, the amount of carbon being produced currently, due to our overuse of fossil fuels, is tipping this delicate balance. We'll talk more about the effects later on...in the meantime let's learn about how to reduce the ways WE start chemical reactions that create carbon. Use the link below to measure your carbon footprint.

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One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Human Activity as Renewable Energy
    What is one way we can harness human activity as a power source? If you had unlimited skills and resources---what type of product would you invent that uses human power as an energy source?

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    River Chambers 4/13/2021 6:03 AM
    Jumping on a contraption that blows air into a container with wet clothes in it. By me jumping on that contraption, it dries my clothes with my activity as a source.  
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    River Chambers 2/26/2021 9:18 AM
    we can add more R's like Repair, Recover and, Re-gift to reduce waste. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    River Chambers 2/05/2021 5:16 AM
    Sometimes I walk on my treadmill and other times I walk outside but I
    have noticed that I enjoy walking outside so I can smell the fresh air and get vitamin D vs. walking on the treadmill inside. Even just walking on the sidewalk of my street would still be better than walking on the treadmill.  
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    River Chambers 1/29/2021 3:47 AM
    I think if people didn't pollute, our community would be cleaner and safer for us all. Recycling plastic can prevent pollution too and especially in the ocean. There are many other things in our community that NEED to be changed. To change some of them is to get more people to realize what is going on, and collaborate with companies that are trying to solves these issues. Cleaning up our oceans and beaches from all of the litter. Have more public recycle bins in a bright and colorful way so people would see them and be more attracted to recycle. Obviously, there are many other great BIG ideas out there. Those are just a few that come to mind.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    River Chambers 1/29/2021 3:33 AM
    Spending more time outside by taking a walk, jog, stroll, can relieve stress built up inside and it can calm your senses.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    River Chambers 1/08/2021 11:46 AM
    Financial capital and waste of energy resources are what most motivates me not to waste food. I want to start composting again and replanting our raised bed garden at home for the spring. Many people around the world spend a lot of money on water and fertilizer so they can grow fruits and vegetables and other food to feed humans and to feed livestock (cattle, chickens). They spend a lot of money and energy on production too like building and maintaining irrigation systems for watering crops. Growing food also involves hours of hard labor to not only produce, but also to maintain and harvest all the crops, animals, and run machinery to gather and plant seeds, etc. All of that labor, energy, and money goes to waste when we have to throw out food by not using it before it goes bad. That's why I want to compost all of our fruit and vegetable scraps (vegetable peels, banana peels), eggshells, coffee grounds, etc. These types of things will break down into good nourishing matter to return to the soil and grow more food, instead of wasting it all by throwing it out. Recycle what is not used!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    River Chambers 1/07/2021 3:43 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Intro to the Carbon Cycle
    1. Where does carbon originate? 2. How is carbon released? 3. Where does carbon go once it's released? 4. What is the connection between carbon change, fossil fuel use, and the carbon cycle?

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    River Chambers 1/07/2021 2:06 PM
    #1. When a new life form is created, carbon forms proteins and DNA. Carbon is also found in the Earth's atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide or CO2. 

    #2. Carbon is released into the atmosphere by life forms and through combustion.

    #3. Once the carbon is released into the atmosphere, the carbon atoms travel back to organisms and the Earth, then it recurs. 

    #4. Dead organisms can become fossil fuels that go through combustion and give off carbon dioxide or CO2, and the carbon cycle repeats. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Stop over chemical reacting!!: Intro to the Carbon Cycle
    What's one way you can either offset or limit the amount of carbon you are producing?

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    River Chambers 1/07/2021 6:38 AM
    One way we can limit the amount of carbon we are producing is by having no meat Mondays and Thursdays. My family and I will participate in this action.